Born in a time when the history of his young country was still being written, realist painter Winslow Homer (1836-1910) was perhaps destined to impart the essential American character in his works. Homer’s subjects would include sunlit countryside idylls and schoolchildren, Civil War scenes, swelling seas with an occasional marine misadventure, and northern woodlands. Much of America was still the primordial wilderness in which he reveled.
Winslow Homer (1836-1910), A Garden in Nassau, 1885, American. Watercolor and selective scraping with touches of gouache, over graphite on textured cream wove watercolor paper. 36.8 × 53.3 cm. Courtesy of the Terra Foundation for American Art (http://www.terraamericanart.org/), Chicago, Illinois, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1994.10. Photography © Terra Foundation for American Art, Chicago, Illinois.